Former CFL head coach Chris Jones is under contract with the Cleveland Browns through the 2020 season, per sources.
The Browns fired head coach Freddie Kitchens Sunday night following Cleveland’s season-ending 33-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals who were the NFL’s worst team at 2-14.
The Browns went 6-10 in the first and only year under Kitchens, it was a season that ended well below expectations prior to the regular schedule starting in September. Jones inked a two-year deal with Cleveland which means he will be paid in 2020 — his situation is currently fluid.
Cleveland general manager John Dorsey called the Saskatchewan Roughriders in January 2019 to ask for permission to interview Jones. He interviewed and impressed to earn a senior defensive specialist job. NFL teams conducted extensive research on Jones and gained insight into the former Saskatchewan bench boss.
The Riders improved their win total each year under Jones going from five wins to 10 and 12 in 2018. Jones led Saskatchewan to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons after the franchise failed to make the post-season since 2014. He had an out clause in his extension which had been recently signed with the Riders.
Jones is 53-37 as a CFL head coach and won the 2015 Grey Cup championship with the Edmonton Eskimos. He would be highly coveted by teams in Canada for his defensive excellence.
There is a chance Jones could stay with the Browns or in the NFL, but his situation still has to play out.